Official Political Website for Charlotte Laws - Member of the Greater Valley Glen Council

CHARLOTTE LAWS - DREAM AND ACHIEVE TOGETHER  


HOME
BIOGRAPHY
OBJECTIVES
ISSUES  
OPINIONS 
MEETINGS
EVENTS
 HISTORY
PUBLICATIONS
NONPROFIT
PHOTOS 
ARTICLES 
PRESS 
LINKS
CONTACT US 
GVGC SITE 
BLOG 


Charlotte Laws
Member of the 
Greater Valley Glen Council

21781 Ventura Blvd., Suite 633
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Tel.  818.346.5280
Fax.  818.985.1690

drlaws@roadrunner.com

Photo of Charlotte Laws in March 2005

Greater Valley Glen Council
Government and Business Relations Committee
March 23, 2010


 

1. Roll Call.
2. Public Comment on non-agenda items.
3. Animal Abuser Database – Possible motions.

Proposed Motion: The Greater Valley Glen Council supports SB 1277 introduced on Feb 19, 2010 by CA State Senator Dean Florez. It would create a state online registry for felony animal abusers and would operate in much the same way as the sex offender and arsonist databases. The registry would help to better protect both animals and people. There is overwhelming evidence to show that human abusers, murderers or violent criminals began their abuse first with their own pets.

In 1997 Boston's Northeastern University and the MSPCA did a study that found 70% of all animal abusers have committed at least 1 other crime and that 40% had committed violent crimes against humans. Studies also found that a history of animal abuse was found in 25% of male criminals, 30% of convicted child molesters, 36% of domestic violence cases and 46% of homicide cases.

The animal abuser database would also be valuable in tracking those who run dog-fighting or cock-fighting rings.

4. Spay/neuter and trap-neuter return (TNR) programs for feral cats.

Proposed motion. "The Greater Valley Glen Council supports spay/neuter and trap-neuter return (TNR) programs for feral cats and approves the following letter."

Possible letter:

Dear LA City Council and Mayor Villaraigosa,

The Greater Valley Glen Council (GVGC) is aware of the recent suspension of the City’s spay/neuter and trap-neuter return (TNR) programs for feral cats pending the conclusion of the lawsuit Urban WildlandsGroup vs City a/Los Angeles (LASC BSl15483)).

We believe spay/neuter and TNR are lifesaving programs, and the best course of action for feral cats. These programs help reduce the population of free-roaming cats and prevent impounds in the City's seven animal shelters where thousands of healthy cats and kittens are killed annually at considerable expense to the City.

Regardless of the outcome of the litigation, we ask that you do everything in your power to see that feral cat spay/neuter funding resumes and that Trap-Neuter-Return education continues as soon as possible.

Feral cats are a natural part of the landscape, and have co-existed with humans - living in close proximity - for thousands of years. They can be found all over the U.S. in every setting, including Los Angeles .

Feral cats are almost always killed in animal shelters. Without TNR, we would see more and more cats killed in shelters, while at the same time the homeless cat population would explode. Moreover, the impact of cats on bird populations is miniscule as compared to habitat loss, high rise windows, airplanes, weather and other predators.

We believe that Trap-Neuter-Return is the best course of action for feral cats. It ends the breeding cycle, stabilizes populations and improves the cats' health. Trap-Neuter-Return is the humane approach to controlling homeless cat populations. It involves concerned citizens humanely trapping homeless cats, having them spayed or neutered, and then returning them to their location to live out the remainder of their lives.

Your help is respectfully requested to ensure that feral cat spay/neuter funding resumes and that Trap-Neuter-Return education continues as soon as possible.

5. Boardmember comments on non-agenda items.
6. Adjournment